More powerful than its predecessor, Aston Martin’s DB9 GT is fitted with a 6-liter V12 that cranks out 457 horsepower, making it the most powerful DB9 ever made. 0-60 in 4.5 and a top speed of 186MPH, it features a 6-speed Touchtronic II tranny & the brand’s tech new AMi infotainment system.
L.A.-based ICON 4 X 4 specializes in building retro off-roaders beefed up with modern performance. For this 60s-era Power Wagon, they take a brand new Dodge truck, either a 2500 or 3500 MegaCab, and fit the old body over the top for a ride that drives like new—with a 5.7-liter Hemi—but looks like an off-road weapon from the past.
The amphibious vehicles from England’s Gibbs Amphitrucks switch from freeway to off-roader to river-runner with the push of a button. The Humdinga model travels at highway speeds & does over 30MPH on water with room for 7. The larger twin-diesel Phibian model can carry up to 15 people & can be set-up with a custom cargo configuration.
If you want to transform your Defender 105 from run-of-the-mill to a one-of-a-kind, talk to the Rover tuning specialists at Britain’s Kahn Design. Their Flying Huntsman conversion adds 15” to the truck’s wheelbase and 6’ to its width, plus heaps of other serious off-road upgrades topped off with matte black on black everything.
Dutch custom car-maker Dunkervoort just unveiled their D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition, an open-wheel 2-seater powered by a 2.5-liter Audi engine with a top speed of 158 MPH. In typical Dunkervoort fashion, the D8 has no ABS brakes, no EPS, & no power steering. Combined with the stiff chassis & lightweight Carbon fiber body, it’s made for those who seek a direct, racecar-like connection to both vehicle & road.
Due to be unveiled next week at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, Audi’s forthcoming Prologue Allroad is bigger & badder than ever. At nearly 17 feet long, it’s got the same wheelbase as an A8 and rides 3-inches higher. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is mated to an electric motor & outputs 738 horsepower while achieving a very impressive 98 MPG.
McLaren’s latest creation, the 570S Coupé is the first model in its new Sports Series. It’s pure performance, featuring a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 570PS (562bhp) with 442lb ft of torque in a rear-wheel drive layout with a carbon fibre chassis. This elegant, race-inspired coupe goes over 200 MPH but gets an unbelievable 25.5 MPG.
When the zombie apocalypse (played out yet?) or any other apocalypse comes, this is the vehicle you’ll want for your escape. The Land Rover Defender Icarus is a death-proof custom camper conversion created by South African adventure customizer Alu-Cab. The Icarus features a built-in rooftop tent that opens from the inside, a fold-away stove & lots of side storage, plus ultra-bright Lumeno lights inside & out. via
Morgan Motor Company is the last family-owned, independent car-maker in Britain and with the release of their Aero 8, they’re blending classic British sports car styling with advanced technology. The powerplant is a V-8 BMW mated to a 6-speed manual BMW gearbox with a top-speed of 170MPH. The chassis is all aluminum and the fold away mohair soft-top stows neatly away in the clamshell rear trunk.
In the future, the pinnacle of sport-luxury looks like this. It’s Bentley’s forthcoming EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. It’s got a muscular exterior that calls to mind the current model Mustang but that’s where comparisons end. Inside it looks the cigar parlor of a Tudor mansion replete with leather & woodgrain. So sophisticated—especially the 12-inch touchscreen but so far, zero details on performance.